Addressing the event, the PM said that it was a pleasure that a project initiated by them some time back, was actually inaugurated under their government.
The new Manning Market will feature 1,192 shops, a large parking lot, rest rooms for staff, medical facilities, banks, restaurants, cool rooms, hotels and many more.
The Manning Market, which was limited to 2 acres in Pettah, has been converted into a fully-fledged wholesale market spread over 13.5 acres. The total cost of this project is 6.9 billion rupees.
Not only the wholesale trade of fish and vegetables but also the wholesale supply of dry food and building materials in Pettah will be shifted to Peliyagoda in the future.
The Peliyagoda Exchange connects highways to all parts of the country, making it easy to transport these goods to and from Colombo.
The Peliyagoda interchange connects with all expressways including the Airport Expressway, Southern Expressway, Central Expressway, and Northern Expressway, making it easy to transport goods throughout the country. Therefore, the move is expected to have some effect on reducing traffic congestion in Colombo city and other roads.
About 600 vehicles can be parked at the parking lot of the new Manning Market in Peliyagoda. A special feature is that the market complex is constructed so that vegetable lorries can be brought to every shop up to the 3rd floor of the four-storey Manning Market in Peliyagoda.